Titans rout Saints in preseason finale

Backup signal-caller and former Washington 9 thumping of the New Orleans Saints in the final preseason game for both sides.

New starting quarterback and former Seattle Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck threw for 37 yards on 2-of-5 passing before exiting the game.

In addition to throwing the ball well, Locker also showed off his legs, running three times for 39 yards and a touchdown. Herb Donaldson also ran eight times for 37 yards for Tennessee.

Lavelle Hawkins grabbed three passes for 21 yards and a score to pace the Titans air attack. Tight end Riar Greer made three catches for 25 yards and Nate Washington snagged one ball for 28 yards.

Rob Bironas made all three of his field goal attempts for Tennessee.

Sean Cranfield completed 29 of his 39 throws for 249 yards, one touchdown and two picks for the Saints. Starter Drew Brees did not see any action.

Joique Bell led the Saints on the ground, rushing 16 times for 80 yards and a long scamper of 21 yards. Bell also led the way in receiving for the Saints, as he caught six passes for 44 yards.

Newly signed veteran kicker John Kasay made one of two field goal tries for New Orleans.

Locker and Bironas highlighted an all-Tennesee first half, as the rookie ran 22 yards for a score and Bironas connected on two field goals to pace the Titans to a 22-0 halftime advantage, and Bironas converted a 41-yard attempt early in the third quarter to make it 25-0.

New Orleans finally broke the shutout when Cranfield connected with Montez Billings for a two-yard touchdown pass about midway through the fourth quarter.

The Titans will travel to Jacksonville next weekend to battle the Jaguars, while the Saints open the season on Thursday September 8 with a visit to Lambeau Field to battle the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.